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All About Lavender Essential Oil & Lavandin Essential Oil

lavender essential oilAll About Lavender Essential Oil & Lavandin Essential Oil

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil is one of those all-around every-day types of essential oils. It can be used for stress release, relaxation, sleep induction, soothe irritated skin, heal a burn, ease headaches, muscle relaxation, kill germs, etc. Lavender essential oil is quite popular and is a great oil to have in your collection. Lavandin (Lavandin intermedia) essential oil is a variety of lavender that is a cross between true lavender and spike lavender. Often times these two essential oils types are used interchangeably, however there are some differences. Read on to learn more about lavender and lavandin essential oil.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender essential oil also known as true lavender has so many useful attributes for physical ailments, emotional needs, and skin care.

It is a mild pain reliever and a natural anti-inflammatory and therefore can be used for most physical ailments. Lavender works great for headaches, muscle aches and pains, arthritis, burns, etc. Lavender can also be used an an anti-bacterial and is great in our Aromatherapeutic Anti-Flu Spray. A primary attribute for lavender is as a relaxant. This makes it great for stress-reduction, going to sleep, and calming anxiety. Lavender essential oil can be used to help balance all emotions. It is also great for most skin care uses. Lavender has a more floral and sweet scent.

Lavender essential oil blends well with most other essential oils especially citrus oils, rose, rosemary, geranium, and frankincense.

Lavandin Essential Oil

As previously mentioned, lavandin is a hybrid of two other lavender plants. Lavandin is easier to cultivate and produces a larger yield therefore making it frequent substitute for lavender and is often used as a fragrance in soaps, lotions, perfumes, etc. There are several chemotypes of lavandin; Arial, Grosso, Super. Although lavandin and lavender have many similarities, they differ in their chemical compositions. Lavandin intermedia Super is higher in esters which makes it more relaxing and a potent antispasmodic.

Lavandin essential oil is also used for many physical, emotional and skin care needs in particular as an:

  • Antiseptic: Can fight infections and helps heal wounds and cuts.
  • Antidepressant: Helps boost self-esteem, mental strength and confidence.
  • Reduces scarring: from stretch marks, acne, boils, and pox.
  • Cold reliever: helps reduce coughs and phlegm in the respiratory track and lungs.

Lavandin essential oil blends well with Jasmine, Bergamot, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Thyme, Patchouli, and Cinnamon.

Lavandin Super is the closest to true lavender.

When using both lavender and lavandin topically, it is best to dilute with a plant oil such as avocado oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc.

Interested in using aromatherapy in your skin, body and hair care products? Check out the following:

Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making Course

Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course

Essential oils for hair

All About Hair: Essential Oils and Herbs for Hair

Essential oils for hairAll About Hair: Essential Oils and Herbs for Hair

Did you know you can use essential oils for hair? Adding essential oils and herbs to your hair care is a great way to enhance the natural beauty and health of your hair and scalp. In this blog post we will be highlighting some of the best essential oils and herbs for your hair type and scalp condition.  Not sure about your hair type? Check out our previous blog post here for more information on hair type and scalp conditions.

Essential Oils for Hair

Essential oils help to balance natural skin oils, cleanse and refresh hair and scalp. They work like a tonic and promote shiny hair.

For Most Hair Types:

  • Bergamot
  • Calendula
  • Lavender
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tea Tree

For Dry Hair Types:

  • Clary Sage
  • Lavender
  • Myrrh
  • Patchouli
  • Rose Geranium

For Oily Hair Types:

  • Bergamot
  • Clary Sage
  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Rose Geranium
  • Tea Tree

For Dandruff:

  • Basil
  • Patchouli
  • Rose Geranium
  • Tea Tree
  • Ylang Ylang

For Hair Loss:

  • Bergamot
  • Calendula
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Ylang Ylang

Irritated & Itchy Scalp:

  • Calendula
  • Chamomile (Cape, German, Morrocan, & Roman Types)

An easy way to use essential oils on your hair is to add 1-2 drops of the oil on your hair brush prior to brushing your hair. Your hair will smell nice and the essential oil will promote smooth and shiny hair.

Herbs for Hair

Herbs are another great way to enhance the health and beauty of your hair and scalp. You can use fresh or dry herbs. An easy way is to make a hair rinse by first making an herbal water/tea or infusion with your herb of choice. Here are some great herbs and their properties:

Calendula: Highly nourishing, soothing and softening. Adds shine and highlight to hair and soothes irritated scalp.Use fresh or dried flowers.

Chamomile: Anti-inflammatory and promotes regeneration of skin cells and softening of the scalp. Lightens hair and soothes irritated scalp. Use fresh or dried flowers.

Lavender: Cleansing and astringent properties. Helps with dandruff and to strengthen the hair. Use dried or fresh flowers.

Lemon Balm: Soothes the scalp. Use dried or fresh herb.

Peppermint: Refreshing and revitalizing properties. Use dried or fresh leaf.

Rosemary: Purifies, cleanses and stimulates. Darkens the hair, stimulates circulation and revitalizes- promotes hair growth. Use dried or fresh leaf and flower.

Thyme: Great antiseptic. Good for dandruff. Use dried or fresh leaf and flower.

To make an herbal water/tea simply add fresh or dried herbs to boiling water. Cover and steep for 2-15 minutes depending on the herb. Strain out herbs and once cooled can use as a hair rinse. For an infusion the herbs will be steeped for a longer period of time for 2-8 hours prior to straining out the herbs.

Are you interested in learning more about essential oils and herbs for hair care? Check out our ebooks below:

Aromatherapy: Essential Oils for Body, Hair, and Skin

How to Make 47 Herbal Extracts with Herbs, Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables

For those interested in more serious hair care product making, check out our Professional Natural Hair Care Product Making Course. Enrollment for our spring mentored course is happening now!

Easy DIY Skin Care Recipes

Know Your Skin- Part 3: Easy DIY Skin Care Recipes

Know Your Skin- Part 3: Easy DIY Skin Care Recipes

Now that we figured our your skin type and learned about some plant oils, essential oils and herbs that are best for your skin type, lets put it all together for some easy DIY skin care recipes.

Natural Cleansers

Cleansing is very important for vibrant skin. A facial cleanser should gently lift dirt and make-up and should never be harsh.

A very simple and pure way to cleanse your face is to use a plant oil as oils absorb dirt and make-up. Some great oils to use for your cleanser are olive oil, sesame oil, and castor oil. These oils are thick and take longer for the skin to absorb. Add in a few drops of lemon essential oil for a refreshing cleanser.

Facial Steam

Facial steams are a great way to open your pores while releasing toxins from your skin. When you add in herbs to your facial steam, the nourishing properties of the herbs will be absorbed by the skin. Facial steams are great for congested, oily and normal skin. Facial steams may aggravate the skin for those with acne or sensitive skin and should only be used with care. You can try reducing the temperature of the water and only steam for a few minutes.

For an herbal facial steam you simply combine hot water with dried or fresh herbs in a large heat-resistant bowl. Use a combination of herbs that are personalized towards your skin type. Allow the herbs to steep in the water for about 5 minutes and then hover your face over the bowl with a towel draped over your head. Make sure to take care not to be too close and burn your skin from the steam! If it gets too hot, simply lift up the towel to allow air in. Steam for 10 minutes.

Moisturizers

Moisturizers are important to nourish and protect the skin. Plant oil serums are some of the best products for your face and some even have a natural sun protection (such as sesame, jojoba, avocado, etc.). You only need a few drops for your face. Even those with oily skin can use plant oil serums, as the oil communicates to the skin to stop producing too much skin.

DIY Plant Oil Serum

Choose your plant oil and essential oil from the list here or from a more extensive list in How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Products eBook that is personalized to your skin type.

  • 1 ounce of plant oil
  • Add 1-3 drops of essential oils
  • gently roll or swish around the ingredients together to blend

Our eBook, How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Products has more in-depth information on plant oils, essential oils, and herbs for your skin as well as specific recipes for facial products. This eBook goes into more detail on natural ingredients for skin care, steps for radiant skin, and recipes for cleansers, exfoliants, toners, and moisturizers.

Don’t forget, our 8-week course on Professional Natural Skin Care Product Making is starting up in March. This course will be mentored by Joan Morais. Sign up by February 12th to receive a free 30 minute one-on-one private phone consultation with Joan!

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Know Your Skin- Part 2: Plant Oils, Essentials Oils and Herbs for Your Skin

Know Your Skin- Part 2: Plant Oils, Essentials Oils and Herbs for Your Skin

It is important to take care of you skin with pure and nurturing ingredients. In this blog post we will be exploring plant oils, essential oils, and herbs for your skin.

Plant Oils

Plant oils nourish, protect, moisturize, soften and smooth the skin. Most commercial products do not contain plant oil, or if they do, it is usually a minimal amount. You can easily find these plant oils in your local grocery store and they have a long shelf-life.

Organic Avocado Oil: Use for most skin types, including sensitive, mature and dry skin. Avocado oil is restorative and nourishes, hydrates, soothes, and moisturizes the skin.

Organic Coconut Oil: Use for most skin types, especially oily and those with acne. Coconut oil is protecting, moisturizing, cleansing and softening.

Organic Sunflower Oil: Use for most skin types. Sunflower oil is deeply nourishing and conditioning.

Joan’s Top Luxury Plant Oils

These plant oils are going to be more expensive and you will likely have to get them from a specialty store.

Organic Argan Oil: Great for dry, mature, and hormonal reactive skins. Argan oil promotes skin elasticity and smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles.

Organic Jojoba Oil: Use for most skin types. Jojoba oil provides natural sun protection, and is softening, smoothing, and moisturizing.

Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil: Great for mature skin and acne. Sea Buckthorn Oil is has anti-inflammatory properties and is revitalizing, rejuvenating and helps with the reduction of wrinkles.

Do you have a favorite plant oil that you like to use for your skin? As a baby my daughter had sensitive skin and would easily develop baby acne and rashes. I used coconut oil on her and it would nourish and clear up her skin immediately, not to mention it smelled great! I felt good about putting the coconut oil on her as it was pure compared to majority (if not all) the baby lotions on the market. To help with her cradle cap, I used Avocado Oil on her scalp.

To learn about additional plant oils and what skin types they work best with, make sure to check out How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Products.

Essential Oils

Essential oils smell great and can promote different moods/energies. They also have different properties that can promote skin health. One of the easiest ways to start using essential oils is to mix a couple of drops with your favorite plant oil then rub on your skin- it’s that easy!

Joan’s Top Economical Essential Oils

Geranium (Rose) Pelargonium graveolens: Use for most skin care including acne, eczema, psoriasis, broken capillaries, dry, oily, mature, congested, and inflamed skin. Geranium is uplifting, relaxing, antifungal, regenerative, and balancing (especially for menstrual cycle and menopause).

Lavender Lavendula angustifolia: Use for most skin types, especially acne, eczema, psoriasis, wounds, burns, dry, oily, sensitive, combination, and mature skin. Lavender is calming, relaxing, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic with excellent regenerative properties.

Mandarin Citrus reticulate: Use for most skin care including acne, eczema, dry, oily, combo, and mature skin. Mandarin is balancing, calming, and soothing and can be used in pregnancy as a prevention to stretch marks.

Peppermint Mentha x piperita: Use highly diluted for dull, lifeless skin, but make sure to keep away from the eyes. Peppermint is refreshing, stimulating and reviving.

Joan’s Top Luxury Essential Oils

Roman Chamomile Anthemis nobilis: Use for most skin care, redness, eczema, broken capillaries, rosacea, dry, oily, sensitive and combination skin. Roman Chamomile is relaxing, soothing, anti-inflammatory, and calms nerves.

Rosemary Verbenone Rosemarinus officinalis verbenone: Use for most skin care, acne, scars, wrinkles, combination, oily, mature, and congested skin. Rosemary is stimulating, invigorating, and regenerating.

Rose Otto Rosa damascene: Use for most skin care, broken capillaries, eczema, wrinkles, dry, oily, combination, sensitive, and mature skin. Rose Otto is calming, soothing, balancing, nourishing, softening, and regenerating.

Do you have a favorite essential oil that you like to use on your skin? I always have a bottle of lavender around to put on minor burns and cuts.

To learn about additional essential oils and what skin types they work best with, make sure to check out How to Make Your Own Natural Facial Products.

Herbs

Herbs are wonderful to add to toners and you can easily make your own herbal extracts to use in lotions, creams, aftershaves, shampoos, conditioners and more.

Here are a few herbs that are readily available and great for skin care:

Calendula: Use for most skin types. Calendula is skin-healing with nourishing and soothing properties.

Lavender: Use for most skin types. Lavender is calming, relaxing, soothing and skin reparative.

Lemon Balm: Great for acne, blemishes, rashes, eczema, and psoriasis. Lemon balm soothes and calms the skin.

Rose: Use for combination skin. Rose softens and soothes skin and is a mild astringent.

Rosemary: Use for oily skin. Rosemary purifies, cleanses, rejuvenates, and tones.

Check out the ebook How to Make 47 Herbal Extracts with Herbs, Flowers, Fruits and Vegetables for detailed instructions and recipes for extracts.

We’d love to hear from you about your favorite plant oils, essential oils and herbs for skin care. Make sure to come back next week to read part 3 as we put it all together and give you some easy do-it-yourself skin care recipes.

For those of you that are more serious in your skin and hair care product making, make sure to check out our Professional Product Making Courses on Skin Care and Hair. Joan mentors the courses only one time per year and it is coming up this spring!